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On the evening of Wednesday 20 March, Shrewsbury Colleges Group celebrated the outstanding individual achievements of the class of 2023.

The annual awards recognised 30 students for their outstanding performance in their chosen course as well as their wider contribution to the college. The awards recognised excellence across the range of courses that the college offers including full-time courses, higher education, and apprenticeships.

The awards night, which took place at Albrighton Hall Hotel, saw awards presented to students covering the wide range of A Level and vocational courses studied at the college, as well as special awards for Outstanding Contribution, Success Against the Odds and the Overall Student of the Year.
The students who attended the event were presented with a trophy to celebrate their achievement, a copy of their award citation as well as a cheque in appreciation of their efforts. Families of the award winners were also in attendance along with senior figures from the college and local dignitaries as well as headteachers from the award-winning students’ previous schools.

Izzy Heath of Shrewsbury, a former student of Priory School was presented with the Student of the Year award. Izzy achieved 4 A* grades at A Level and is currently studying Natural Sciences at University of Cambridge. In addition to the excellent grades, Izzy took part in competitions like the Physics Challenge, the Senior Maths Challenge, and the Chemistry Challenge as well as making the most of other workshop and lecture opportunities such as Be a Physicist for a Day, Nuclear Physics Masterclass, and World’s Most Interesting Mathematician to name a few.

Izzy’s citation for her Student of the Year award highlighted that: ‘Her dedication and hard work have paved the way for this remarkable accomplishment. From the very beginning, Izzy demonstrated an insatiable curiosity for learning and for the wonders of Physics in particular. Her enthusiasm and passion for the subject were infectious, creating an inspiring atmosphere within the classroom, so it is no surprise that she excelled.’
The citation also noted that ‘Izzy is not just a brilliant mind; she is also an embodiment of kindness, patience, and generosity. Throughout her time at SCG her willingness to help her fellow students, coupled with her warm and approachable nature, undoubtedly contributed to the supportive academic environment we cherish at our college.’

James Staniforth, Principal and CEO of Shrewsbury Colleges Group said: ‘It has been a genuine pleasure to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the students who have won awards tonight. These students have progressed to study at fantastic universities or secured brilliant jobs, but many of them made a real contribution to the college community as well. They supported their fellow students along with making a wider contribution to society.

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